Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?
The UK wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU, mostly because of Northern Ireland's current (and future) situation. The EU immediately rejected the offer.
My question is: Why does Boris Johnson demand to renegotiate the Brexit deal?
From the EU side, I guess that there are very few reasons to accept:
- The deal took so much pain to be accepted by both parties.
- It came into force less than one year ago (and you probably do not want to renegotiate too often).
- Boris Johnson himself (not a previous Prime Minister) signed the deal.
- The cause of the renegotiation could be considered a "domestic problem" by the EU.
- There is no clear direct benefit for the EU (except helping an economical and political partner).
Part of the reason is that Boris Johnson is currently in trouble, and would like to find an issue by putting pressure on the EU, although they are not expected to accept.
Is it a way to find a scapegoat if the situation turns bad in Northern Ireland?
Moreover, this demand seems so awkward to me (claiming that a deal you took years to negotiate, and just signed, is inapplicable) that I think there is something that I am missing.